Thomas Aiken’s African adventure ended with him winning the Africa Open at East London Golf Club.
Thomas with caddie Kate Aiken, and Trophy / Getty
Thomas Aiken and Oliver Fisher finished tied at the top of the Africa Open leaderboard at -20 under par, at the conclusion of the final round. Thomas had final round -4 under par 67 and Oliver finished with a -2 under par 69 to get to -20. A play-off ensued with Thomas triumphing with a thirty foot birdie putt on the first extra hole at East London Golf Club. It was his first tour win on home soil.
“I’ve been waiting for this for quite some time, I’ve won a couple of times overseas, but there is nothing like winning in front of a home crowd. “The South African fans have been unbelievable throughout my whole career so it’s nice to finally get one for you guys. East London Golf Club, what a fantastic golf club. It shows that a course doesn’t need to be long for it to play interestingly. I always love coming back here, and it’s so great to finally get this trophy under my belt. Thanks so much to my wife, we might have to do it again,”
David Horsey birdied four of his last six holes to shoot a final round of -6 under par 65 and claim a share of third place on -19 under ,alongside John Hahn. Emiliano Grillo was in a four strong group a shot further back at -18 under par after gains at the last five holes repaired some of the damage of a quintuple-bogey nine on the opening hole.